By Joseph Downs
From one of the world-renowned treasures on the Winterthur Museum, the writer chosen four hundred awesome examples of yankee furnishings from the Queen Anne and Chippendale classes, representing the period whilst the cabinetmakers of latest England, long island, Philadelphia, and the South have been on the top in their achievement.
Each representation is observed via information regarding the pieces
place of beginning, date of building, dimensions, unique beneficial properties and characteristics, and the maker and unique proprietor whilst recognized. a distinct part offers the furnishings in its right surroundings, together with ten rooms in complete colour. there's technical details for the intense collector and a hugely readable heritage for these attracted to the early-American lifestyle.
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This wood is most often found in New Jersey and Pennsylvania furniture, as well as in Virginia, where strength in underframing was required. Drawer linings and gates of tables and backboards were made of it. It was the accepted material for paneling in th e fine Philadelphia houses prior to the Revolution and is still one of the most important American pines for interior finish. Another yellow pine is the pitch pine (Pinus rigida), one of the smaller varieties, grow ing from 40 to 70 feet tall, from Maine to northern Georgia.
Cuban mahogany, imported before 1750, was prized for its figured pattern of curls and "fiddle back" stripe absent in the Santo Domingo wood; another admirable quality was its golden-brown color which did not darken with age. 30 Regular shipments of mahogany were made early in the eighteenth century to England and the American colonies; one of the first records here was in 1708 in the inventory of Charles Plumstead, a cabinetmaker in Philadelphia;" it was well known in New England by the second quarter of the century.
The paneling and often the framing of New England houses was largely of white pine and, when left unpainted, took on a bloom of inimitable soft brown. In New York it is common as a secondary wood in structural members of furniture. White pine grew in England, too, where it was named Weymouth pine for Lord Weymouth, who introduced it th ere; it was restricted in its use by Queen Anne in 1711 as an attempt to encourage its growth. American white pine was exported to the South and to England after the mid eighteenth century in increasing quantities.